The Good Life - Justin Townes Earle
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  • Summary: The son of Grammy-winning singer Steve Earle releases his debut album.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. What elevates Good Life over, to pick the obvious parallels, Hank Williams III's Risin' Outlow and Shooter Jennings's Put the 'O' Back in Country is that Earle's debut isn't limited to simple retro-minded mimicry.
  2. The simple arrangements and hands-off production add to the gentle but decisive impact of The Good Life, and the result is a fine calling card for a young singer/songwriter who may not have worked out every last detail of his sound but clearly knows where he's going, and it happens to be a place worth visiting.
  3. On his first full length record, The Good Life, Justin Townes Earle delivers the best debut roots music has seen since Old Crow Medicine Show hit the big time with "OCMS" in 2004.
  4. With its timelessness and craftmanship, The Good Life succeeds where The Wallflowers failed. [Spring 2008, p.85]
  5. Though his father, Steve Earle, once vowed to climb on Dylan's coffee table to champion the late Townes Van Zandt, the next generation two-steps through such a musical minefield and turns out a winner with his Bloodshot Records debut, The Good Life.
  6. 60
    It's not a bad album, just not that distinctive. [May 2008, p.111]
  7. The 25-year-old Earle may have the false front teeth to show for his hard livin’, but he hasn’t yet figured out how to translate it into unique, memorable songs.

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  1. GM
    Apr 9, 2008
    9
    When I try to recommend one or two songs to someone to entice them to want to listen to the rest, I end up picking them all. They're all When I try to recommend one or two songs to someone to entice them to want to listen to the rest, I end up picking them all. They're all favourites. It's only 30 minutes long - that makes it very easy to give a shot and get to know. It's very, very likable if you give it a chance. Expand